Tex Withers

Tex Withers

b. c.1933, d. 29 December 1986. No one knows when and where Tex Withers was born, his real name or his parents.His rise in British country music showed remarkable resilience: he was four feet tall and a hunchback with a painful history of severe spinal problems and tuberculosis. Withers wore western dress throughout the day as he longed to be an American Indian - his wife, known as White Fawn, dressed as his squaw and smoked a clay pipe. A good-natured man who laughed at his handicaps, Withers was the long-standing compère at West London’s Nashville Room and won several awards as the Top UK country singer, his show-stoppers being ‘These Hands’ and a narration about a Red Indian’s difficulties in coming to terms with society, ‘The Ballad Of Ira Hayes’. Tex Withers Sings Country Style sold 135, 000 copies, while his 1973 album, The Grand Ole Opry’s Newest Star was recorded mainly in Nashville, Tennessee. He was championed by Hank Snow, but his professional career was cut short by throat illness. Withers became bankrupt and his illiteracy made work difficult. His last years were spent as a cleaner at Gatwick Airport and Haywards Heath railway station. He found his happy hunting ground on 29 December 1986, probably aged 53, and merited an obituary in The Times.


Tex Withers Discography Tracks


AVE 027 Tex Withers Sings Country Style(LP, Album) Avenue (6) AVE 027 UK 1969 Sell This Version
615 310 Tex Withers Grand Ole Opry's Newest Star(LP) Country Records Ltd 615 310 UK 1974 Sell This Version
LSA 3265 Tex Withers Tex Withers(LP, Album) RCA LSA 3265 UK 1976 Sell This Version
VCA005 Tex Withers Truck Driving Man(Cass, Album) VFM VCA005 1977 Sell This Version
TSLP 120 Tex Withers Feelin' Country(LP, Album) Top Spin Records TSLP 120 UK 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AVE 79 Tex Withers Tex Withers Sings Country & Western No. 2(7") Avenue (6) AVE 79 UK 1969 Sell This Version
AVE 78 Tex Withers Tex Withers Sings Country & Western No. 1(7") Avenue (6) AVE 78 UK 1969 Sell This Version
NIX-112 Tex Withers Little Soldier(7") Phoenix (10) NIX-112 UK 1970 Sell This Version